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Holiday Wish List…..what do you want from Santa this year?

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It’s that time of year again….well, for me anyway.  I know it is a bit early for some of you to start thinking about Christmas.  I do understand wanting to give Halloween and Thanksgiving equal attention before we move right on to Santa Claus sliding down the chimney.   Even though I love trick-or-treaters at the door and a huge turkey on my table, I tend to gravitate towards Christmas as soon as possible.  It is my favorite holiday, after all. 

Maybe part of my love for it is because I get to make lists.  It seems like I am constantly making a list for one thing or another and there are so many lists to make when it comes to the holidays!  Who to buy for, what to buy them, what to bake and a grocery list for all of that.  I think I love all of the prep work just as much as the holiday itself.  It’s kind of like when you’re planning a vacation.  You make a list of what to pack so you don’t forget anything, things you want to do when you get there, etc.  Speaking of vacations, do you stay home for the holidays or do you go visit family or friends?  Is this your time of year to just take a vacation to relax and not get caught up in all the holiday madness?

Can you guess where I want to be this year at Christmas?  That is the plan, anyway.  The reservations have been made, the deposits have been paid and the Christmas shopping has begun!  I am glad the kids are asking for things small in size this year as it will make traveling with these gifts easier.  I have a few things I want to buy them once we get there, but they are all on the small side, too.  Besides, our tree will be tabletop size this year as we will be in a resort.  That should make the presents look bigger, right? 

I know it will be total madness there, but I intend to ignore the negative parts of it as much as possible.  I want to see all the decorations, sample the holiday treats and just enjoy the time there with my family.  The fact that Santa will visit and leave us presents will just be a plus!  Maybe, if his reindeer are lucky, Tinkerbell will sprinkle him with pixie dust and he can fly from room to room delivering goodies and let Rudolph and the boys have a nap before the rest of his trip.  Oh wait, there have to be happy thoughts involved…I wonder what Santa’s happy thoughts are?  For that matter, what are your happy thoughts?  What do you want Santa to leave under your tree this year?  It’s never too early to start making out that list, you know! 

 Here are some things I’m going to have on mine:

Cookie Cutters

Cook Books

Cookie Sheets

Anything with cupcakes on it

Pot Holders

Kitchen Towels

Flavored Coffee

Different shaped cake pans

Oh, and PEACE ON EARTH!

Just about anything to do with cooking or baking would do.  Let me know what you are putting on your list this year.  It might give me a good idea for a gift for someone else…or remind me of something I’ve forgotten to put on mine. 😉

 

 

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Some yummy eats at Disney World

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The yummy eats at Disney World is going to be a tough thing to blog about.  Not because there isn’t enough to choose from, but because there is way too much!!  For any of you that have ever visited that magical place, this is something you know all too well.  Today I’ll just choose a few things that are some family favorites.

  

A must have for my son and myself are the Mickey waffles.  It just isn’t the start of a Disney day for us if we don’t have these wonderfully, yummy Mickey eats before we head into the parks.  Most days we like to do a counter service meal for breakfast.  Disney World does have some fabulous restaurants where you can have a scrumptious  breakfast with your family.  My favorites are the character meals…but that is another post entirely.  My husband usually likes to get an omelet or a platter that comes with scrambled eggs, sausage, a biscuit and fried potatoes, one of his favorite things to eat.  My daughter is just not a breakfast person.  She almost always eats a peanut butter sandwich for breakfast.  Yes, a peanut butter sandwich folks.  I am forced to bring a jar of peanut butter with us on vacation and buy a loaf of bread once we get there.   With all the yummy breakfast foods at Disney I can only think of two she eats, bacon and grits, and she very particular about her grits!  I thought for sure I had more pictures of the breakfasts we ate on our last Disney trip but I can’t seem to find any. Hmm, guess we were in too much of a hurry to eat them!  Okay, moving on…..

   

One of our favorite places to eat lunch is at Flame Tree BBQ in Animal Kingdom.  There we usually get a nice turkey sandwich, crispy french fries, crunchy onion rings (oh, how I love those!) or a barbecue sandwich.  Allison’s favorite meal to eat here is the roasted chicken.  It comes with some  delicious baked beans and creamy coleslaw.   Alas, Allison eats neither of those sides, so we must order some extra french fries for her.   I know, I know…you are glad this picky eater belongs to me and not you, right? 

 Ah, a visitor.  No Disney counter service meal is complete without one.  I love all the different kinds of birds and squirrels that come up to you as you eat.  You  know they are down there thinking, “Please, lady, I’ll take anything you drop!”   There are signs posted everywhere that ask you not to feed the wildlife and we don’t.  Yes, we do drop the occasional fry or bite of something, but not intentionally.  I like the fact that Animal Kingdom doesn’t allow plastic straws in the park.  A sturdy paper straw comes with your drink when you get one there.

 

  Another reason we like to eat at Flame Tree BBQ is the view.  There is a ton of seating for this counter service restaurant, but we usually go all the way to the back so we can watch people ride Expedition Everest.  Oh, and hear them SCREAM!!!  I am a wimp and have never been on that ride.  Just listening to them yell is enough to give me butterflies in my stomach.  My nine year old son keeps telling me, “C’mon Mom, the Yeti isn’t even scary when he jumps out at you!”  Um, no thanks, I’ve seen the part where the track comes to an end on that thing and you go roaring backwards.  I’ll just sit here and enjoy my onion rings while you adventurous folks enjoy the ride.  It does make for a lovely view, though. 

                                                                                                    

I bet you thought I was going to talk next about our dinner at Disney World, didn’t you?  Nah, I’m skipping straight to dessert!  I could do several posts alone about the sweet treats you will find all over Disney property.  Everywhere you turn there is something yummy to be had.  You see my son here trying to tackle a cinnamon roll that is too big to fit in his mouth.  One of my daughter’s favorite thing to eat are chocolate chip cookies and here she has found a winner!  Who wouldn’t like to eat a cookie in the shape of Mickey Mouse?  You  know, when it’s Mickey-shaped it tastes so much better.  For those of you who like rice crispy treats, you can get the mother (or should I say Mouse?) of all rice crispy treats here.  My daughter put her hand next to this one so we could show you how big it is.  Hey…did she coordinate her nail polish with that dessert without me knowing? 

Anyway, I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing a few of the yummy things Disney World has to offer.  If you’ve never been, you have no idea what you’re missing, and I’m not just talking about food.  It truly is a magical place.  Thanks for reading along, you have no idea how much I appreciate it.  I’m thinking somewhere in the near future you may see a blog on another “Magical” place in Florida.  I am afraid to mention it by name in the same post as I believe it will be breaking some sort of Disney law, or close to it.  So, until next time, I’ll just slip on my Invisibility Cloak and disappear. 😉

 

 

 

Mickey Mom’s Club Red Box Party/Disney Luau

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Being a member of the Mickey Mom’s Club, I was lucky enough to host one of their Red Box parties in 2010.  As soon as I knew I had been chosen to host this event, I waited every day for Fed Ex to get here with that yummy box of goodies.  I think the Fed Ex delivery man thought I was going to mug him the day it finally came!  I grabbed the box and couldn’t get in the house fast enough to open it.

    

As I dug through the box I found some red Mickey Head balloons, brightly colored confetti, Disney Parks paper plates and napkins to decorate with.  There were also some small Disney totes, magnet boards, magnets and Mickey straws to fill them with.   There were  games for the kids and a trivia game for everyone.  We added our own trivia questions and split the guests up in to teams, guys against the girls.  I had gone out in the weeks before, as I had decided to do my party in a luau theme, and bought Disney and luau themed pencils, coconut mugs, hurricane glasses and toys to give out as prizes.  The girls came out victorious!

My favorite item to give to the lucky attendees was a limited edition, signed print of the Disney Princesses welcoming Princess Tiana to the royal family.   I think that was a very special gift for Disney to put in that box and I truly appreciate mine.

Mickey Mom’s Club also sent me this great little tote as a special gift for hosting the Red Box Party.  I love it!!  Thank You MMC!

      

Decorating for this party was almost as fun as hosting it.  You see, we LOVE to have luau’s.  We had our first one about 5 year ago to celebrate our daughter turning 13 and my husband turning 50.  We enjoyed it so much that we have had several more since then.  The fact that we had tons of luau decorations was another reason why I went with this theme for the Red Box party.  That meant I could spend more money on prizes and food.

     

 Ahhh, the food!!!  The YUMMIEST part of it all!  I had a fabulous time making it.  I had Mickey/Minnie and luau themed candy molds.  The candy and suckers were a big hit with the kids and the adults!  I also found some Mickey sprinkles for the cake, just the right touch for it.

   

I called Disney Shopping and ordered some pretzels that were Mickey heads, some Mickey shortbread cookies and some Mickey pasta.  These were some really fun additions to the food.

   

I used my Mickey egg form to cut out PB&J sandwiches and to make rice crispy treats with.  We left some plain and dipped some in chocolate.  It was just like getting a Disney treat straight from the parks!

  

  Here is a shot of our table top decorated with confetti we cut out with a Mickey punch.  Check out the wonderful picture of my nephew all decked out in his best luau attire.  My niece, who loves sweets, had her eye on the cake! I thoroughly enjoyed hosting this party and I would jump at the chance to host another.  I mean, who doesn’t love Disney???!!!  It is absolutely YUMMY!